With sightings of creepy clowns spreading beyond the United States to grip other countries across the globe, it’s past time to call in an expert: Batman. After all, he’s been battling a creepy clown for the better part of 76 years.
According to ITV News, the Dark Knight has taken to the streets of Whitehaven, England, to reassure children who may have been traumatized by “killer clowns” lurking around town. The Caped Crusader has even gone so far as to deliver a message to kids — and clowns.
“To all little kids that’s been scared and affected by these clowns: You don’t need to worry anymore — Batman’s taken care of it,” he said in a rare video message. “As for you clowns, if you want to scare someone, why don’t you try to scare me?”
Although speculation has long linked Batman with billionaire playboy Bruce Wayne, we have it on good authority that Whitehaven’s vigilante is the work of Cumbria Superheroes, a local group that can be hired for costumed appearances at parties and corporate and charity events.
Since the first report in August in Green Bay, Wisconsin, sightings of creepy clowns have spread throughout the United States and into Canada and Australia, with the United Kingdom joining the list within the past week.
The Metropolitan Police is taking clown sightings in and around London seriously. “Our primary responsibility is identifying and investigating those incidents where a criminal offense has occurred,” a police spokesperson said. “However, anti-social behavior can leave people feeling scared, anxious and intimidated and I would urge those who are causing fear and alarm to carefully consider the impact their actions have on others. […] Whilst we do not want to stop people from enjoying themselves it is important that while having fun they remember to act in a responsible manner and understand that they could be prosecuted if a criminal offense is committed.”
Presumably it’s only a matter of time before the Bat-Signal is installed on the roof of Scotland Yard.
For clown sightings near you, visit Atlas Obscura’s interactive map of the United States, then quickly hide under the covers.
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